F*ck la vie d’artiste : Finalist for DC Source Festival
Georgette is delighted to be among so many fantastic playwrights as a finalist for the Source Festival in Washington D.C., who produced a workshop of her play Ballast in 2016. This summer marks the 10th anniversary for The Source Festival. See the full press release here.
NNPN National Showcase of New Plays
@ UT Austin, Dec 9-11
Georgette made her first trip to Texas to attend the National Showcase of New Plays….and took her first selfie with the legendary Oscar G. Brockett. It was a whirlwind weekend of 6 plays and so many wonderful theatre makers.
Diversionary Theatre receives $10k grant from
The Venturous Theatre Fund to produce Ballast
Diversionary Theatre’s spring 2017 production of Ballast has received $10k from the Venturous Theatre Fund. Learn more about the fund here.
We seek to fund ambitious and challenging work by creating room for experimentation and risk. Our goal is to help writers achieve the freedom to write the plays they fear would otherwise go unproduced; and to enable producing organizations to say “yes” instead of “no” to worthy but challenging projects. We are particularly interested in seeding productions that involve controversial subject matter, large casts, or other perceived obstacles. –Venturous Theatre Fund
Fuck la vie d’artiste: Semi-Finalist for
The Woodward International Playwriting Prize
Georgette’s play Fuck la vie d’artiste has been chosen as a semi-finalist for the Woodward International Playwriting Prize at the University of New Hampshire. The winner and finalists will be announced in the next two months. The full list of semi-finalists is available here.
Residency at Chicago Dramatists, 2016-2022
Georgette is thrilled to be joining Chicago Dramatists for a 6-year residency, beginning in August 2016. Her cohort of residents also includes Isaac Gomez, Ricardo Gamboa, Susan H. Pak, and Jay Torrence. Read more about Chicago Dramatists and Artistic Director Meghan Beals in American Theatre Magazine by clicking here, or by visiting the Chicago Dramatists website.
Reading at Mixed Blood Theatre
On July 22, Ballast received a reading at Mixed Blood Theatre in Minneapolis, produced by Jay Eisenberg and directed by Matt Morrow of Diversionary Theatre in San Diego. Thanks to all who came!
O’Neill Playwrights Conference Finalist
BALLAST was chosen as a finalist for the 2016 O’Neill Playwrights Conference. The O’Neill has partnered with the New Play Exchange to showcase the finalists’ scripts. You can read all the fantastic finalist plays on NPX by clicking here.
I CARRY YOUR HEART:
Winner of the Hope on Stage Playwriting Contest
I CARRY YOUR HEART was awarded the first prize in the Hope on Stage Playwriting Contest from Cornell University and the University of Notre Dame. The prize comes with a cash award and two productions in Ithaca, NY and Los Angeles, CA in spring 2017. Read more about it here.
Georgette named a Lambda Literary Fellow
Georgette has been selected as a 2016 Lambda Literary Fellow in Playwriting. This summer she’ll be traveling to L.A. to workshop her new play NORTH STAR with Robert O’Hara at the Lambda Literary Retreat. More info about the retreat can be found here.
IN THE BELLY OF THE WHALE
Taffety Punk – Washington, DC
Workshop & Reading: March 31, 2016
Lise Bruneau directed Taffety Punk’s staged reading of IN THE BELLY OF THE WHALE at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop this March! For more info on Taffety Punk’s upcoming production, click here.
Workshop Production, June 2016
The Source Festival – Cultural DC
Georgette’s play BALLAST has been selected for a workshop production as part of Cultural DC’s 2016 Source Festival. She’s thrilled to be part of this fantastic lineup. Read more about it here.
Reading at Diversionary Theatre
San Diego, CA
On January 17, Georgette traveled to Diversionary Theatre in San Diego for a developmental reading of BALLAST, curated by Matt M. Morrow. They’ve got an exciting season going on! More here.
NNPN National Showcase of New Plays
December 11-13 – Miami, FL
Georgette has booked her tickets to attend the National Showcase of New Plays, and can’t wait to hear all the exciting new plays that will be featured! If you’ll be there too, drop her a line! More info here.
DG Director/Dramatist Exchange
Georgette is looking forward to meeting some new folks at the Chicago-area Director/Dramatist Exchange on November 16.
Thanks Cheri Coons!
Finalist for The Source Festival
Georgette is honored to be one of 22 finalists for Cultural DC’s Source Festival, which will take place in June 2015. For the full press release, click here.
July – August 2015:
F*ck la vie d’artiste
@ Capital Stage’s Playwrights Revolution
August 6, 2015 at 7pm FREE
RSVP: (916) 995-5464, or email@example.com
F*ck la vie d’artiste
@ ParityFest Baltimore 2015
Check out two readings of Georgette’s work in ParityFest Baltimore 2015.
Huge thanks to Cohesion Theatre Company, Nu Sass, and Spotlighters Theatre!
For the full festival schedule, click here.
“To cap off their Inaugural Season, Cohesion Theatre Company is tackling the need for parity in the arts and organizing Baltimore area theatre companies to participate in a city -wide festival aimed at exposing audiences to new and under-produced work by female playwrights. ParityFest Baltimore 2015 will run Wednesdays through Sundays for six weeks from July 1 to August 9, 2015 at multiple venues throughout Baltimore.
Cohesion has partnered with The Kilroys, an LA-based group committed to gender parity in the arts, who, in 2014, released The List, a compilation of the most recommended new and under- produced plays written by female playwrights. The 2014 edition of The List garnered national acclaim for opening a broader discussion on gender parity, and The Kilroys plan to release their second annual List in June of 2015. Cohesion Theatre Company Co-Founders Alicia Stanley and Brad Norris envision a festival of readings of each play included on the new 2015 List in an effort to get more of those authors and their work in front of audiences and theatre makers.
Over the course of six weeks, each participating theater company will tackle at least one play from the 2015 List and present it in a reading style of their choosing. Some readings may be actors with scripts at a table, while others may make full use of costumes, props, and lighting. Each company will have full creative control over how they present the work, which will be complemented by talk back discussions with audiences, panels on gender issues, and discussions with playwrights, actors, directors, designers, and cultural leaders regarding parity across all disciplines in the arts. All of the tickets for ParityFest readings will be pay-what-you- will with proceeds supporting playwright royalties, artist stipends, and participating companies.” Read more of this article by clicking here.
is on The List 2015
So honored to be listed among such wonderful writers! Read the full list here.
@ The TOSOS Chesley/Chambers Reading Series
June 13, 2015 @ 5pm
The Bruce Mitchell Room at A.R.T.
520 Eighth Avenue, 3rd Floor
(between 36th and 37th Streets)
F*ck la vie d’artiste
@ The Hearth Gods Reading Series
8pm on Saturday May 30 at Jimmy’s (43 E. 7th Street)
Come hear scenes from F*ck la vie d’artiste as part of Hearth Gods Reading Series, curated by Michael Yates Crowley and Michael Rau. For more info on Hearth Gods click here.
how to hero, or the subway play
@ West Noble High School
A big shout out to the student cast and crew of how to hero at West Noble High School in Ligonier, Indiana! They will be performing on April 30 and May 1, 2015, directed by Cliff Schwartz.
For more info click here, or check out their facebook event.
@ 59E59 with terraNOVA Collective
Ballast is coming back to NY in the terraNOVA Groundworks New Play Series!
Saturday, April 11 at 3:15pm, 59E59 Theatre B, Directed by Hannah Wolf
For more info and to RSVP, click here.
Skylla and Kharybdis
@ The Kraine Theatre, March 31-April 4
A monster, a whirlpool, and a hero with too many notches on his belt. An epic love triangle retold from a queer perspective, asking the question: how do we become hideous in love?
Georgette is delighted that her 10-minute play, Skylla and Kharybdis, is part of this evening of one-acts, inspired by Homer’s Odyssey. It will be directed by the wonderful Lillian Meredith, and featuring Stephen Bennett, Mouna Rmiki, and Sarah Young.
Performances in The Kraine Theatre March 31-April 4, 2015
Tuesday-Friday @ 7pm and Saturday @ 2pm & 7pm
To buy tickets click here or visit the facebook page.
Reading at The Alliance Theatre in Atlanta
February 19 @ 7:30
If you’re in Atlanta this February, come see Georgette’s play Ballast in a reading as part of the Alliance/Kendeda Prize week! She’s delighted to work with so many talented artists, including her director, Jasmine Guy! Tickets are free, but should be reserved in advance. More info on The Alliance Theatre Website.
Flipping the Script @NPX
NNPN’s New Play Exchange Goes Live!
Congrats to The National New Play Network who launched their New Play Exchange on January 15!
NPX is a streamlined script discovery and recommendation engine for the new play sector.
Now you can explore Georgette’s plays on NPX by clicking here!
Read more from NNPN’s website: “The Network is delighted to introduce the New Play Exchange: a cloud-based script database, enhanced with a robust search-and-filter mechanism, crowd-sourced recommendations of plays, and personal script and coverge information storage, plus the connectivity of a social networking site. The NPX lets writers share scripts and helps theaters discover and evaluate them in a more streamlined, targeted way than ever before. It’s a neutral platform built for the common good of the entire new play sector—writers, producers, and everyone in between who enjoys new work—and its goal is ambitious: to revolutionize the way playwrights, theater-makers, and theaters connect field-wide. The New Play Exchange is the result of several years’ worth of conversations across the country with playwrights, literary managers, dramaturgs, agents, artistic directors, academics, and other potential users. The National New Play Network, Chicago Dramatists, Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, the Playwrights’ Center, and the Playwrights Foundation worked together to research and develop the product, talking with people from all over the nation to ensure that different user bases have been represented throughout the process.”
Georgette’s play BALLAST has been selected for the Groundbreakers Playwrights Group!
Read more about the playwrights in the group by clicking here.
“I Interview Playwrights”
with Adam Szymkowicz
Georgette tells the story of Poetic Memory and answers questions from Adam Szymkowicz in an interview on his blog:
If you could change one thing about theater, what would it be?
Who are or were your theatrical heroes?
What kind of theater excites you?
What advice do you have for playwrights just starting out?
Read her answers by clicking here.
The New Play Exchange
Georgette is now a beta tester for the NNPN’s brand new script-sharing network!
The New Play Exchange is a streamlined script discovery and recommendation engine for the new play sector. NNPN is an alliance of non-profit theaters dedicated to the development, production, and continued life of new plays.
See Georgette’s page on NPX by clicking here.
Poetic Memory :
Performances in The Communal Spaces Festival 2014
The Garden of Hope in Brooklyn was created in memory of someone special. So was this play. In it, two friends grapple with the recent death of their dear poet-friend, and wonder what he’s up to now in poet-heaven.
To read more about the play, click here.
By Georgette Kelly
Directed by Lillian Meredith
Performances at 2:30pm:
August 30 & 31, September 6 & 7, September 13 & 14
In The Garden of Hope: 392 Hancock St, Brooklyn, NY 11216
Tickets are FREE! (But please consider making a donation to support the festival by clicking here.)
In the Belly of the Whale :
NNPN MFA Playwrights’ Workshop at
Georgette just finished a whirlwind week at The Kennedy Center, where she developed her new play, In the Belly of the Whale, during intensive workshops with actors, directors, and dramaturgs from the National New Play Network (NNPN).
Photo: Susie Shaffer
F*ck la vie d’artiste :
2014 Jane Chambers Student Award Winner
Georgette’s play, F*ck la vie d’artiste, has been chosen to receive the 2014 Jane Chambers Student Playwriting Award. As part of the award, it will be read by the Women and Theatre Program at the ATHE 2014 Conference.
Reading: Thursday, July 24 at 10:30am
Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) 2014 Conference: “Dream Acts: Performance as Refuge, Resistance, and Renewal” at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Hotel
The Jane Chambers Student Playwriting Award recognizes plays & performance texts created by women that present a feminist perspective & contain significant opportunities for female performers. Like the Jane Chambers Award for professional playwrights, this annual award is given in memory of lesbian playwright Jane Chambers who, through her plays A Late Snow, Last Summer at Bluefish Cove, My Blue Heaven, Kudzu, & The Quintessential Image, became a major feminist voice in American theatre.
A Garden Play Festival
Georgette can’t wait to play with Christopher Norwood and Lillian Meredith in Brooklyn! She’s writing a little play for a little urban oasis: The Garden of Hope.
Performances will take place in August/September 2014!
About Communal Spaces 2014:
“New York is crowded. Anyone who moves here feels it immediately – the sensation of being pressed on all sides by people. On the subway, on the street, in your apartment surrounded by other apartments that you share with three or four other people. Even in the theater – a supposedly safe and sacred space – we are constantly at the mercy of sirens from passing cop cars, or the music from the rehearsal room next door, or the noise from the street outside. New York is crowded, it is loud, and it is utterly overwhelming. We try very hard, as New Yorkers, to shut the noise out, to stay sane as eight million people swirl around us. We in the theater try very hard to eke out places to work – small dark rooms in otherwise abandoned buildings, basement theaters shut away from the noise, rehearsal rooms high above Times Square, anywhere we can make quiet and secure enough to make some art. Then there are the gardens…”
Thanks to The Kilroys for listing Georgette’s play Ballast as a 2013 nominee!
Click here for the list of 46 most recommended plays and click here for the full list of 300 nominees.
Georgette’s play Ballast has been chosen as a finalist for the 2015 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition. As part of this program, Ballast will receive a reading at The Alliance Theatre in Atlanta in February 2015, as well as a reading in New York in late spring 2015. Check back soon for details, or visit the Alliance Theatre website.
The Jonah Play :
NNPN Workshop at The Kennedy Center
Georgette has been invited to The Kennedy Center to develop The Jonah Play, a modern exploration of the biblical story of Jonah and the whale. As part of the National New Play Network (NNPN) MFA Playwrights’ Workshop, Georgette will spend a week exploring the play with D.C. area actors, directors, and dramaturgs in July 2014.
She is thrilled to be working with director Cynthia Levin from the Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City and dramaturg Iris Turcott from Factory Theatre in Toronto.
F— la vie d’artiste
Directed by Jessi D. Hill
Thursday, February 27 at 7:30pm
Friday, February 28 at 7:30pm
Saturday, March 1 at 2:00pm
France, 2005: Zenab is an aspiring artist, stuck giving tours of the room where Vincent Van Gogh died. As Vincent’s ghost begins to speak to her, she finds herself tangled in a passionate triangle, torn between her artistic inspiration and her chance for love with Avery, an American who wanders into the museum. The situation worsens when race riots explode in the area around Paris, and the characters wrestle with difficult questions: What does it mean to be an outsider in France? Can rioting—or art—make a difference in urban poverty and racial politics? Is it possible to repaint a landscape of concrete with a rich new language of colors? With a title inspired by the fearless exploration of identity in contemporary French hip-hop, this play offers a new spin on the artist’s life—la vie d’artiste.
Frederick Loewe Theatre 68th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues $12 general / $5 seniors & students / FREE with Hunter ID Box office 212.772.4448
On location in Auvers-sur-Oise, France:
Research images for Georgette’s MFA Thesis Play, F— la vie d’artiste